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Aslam Lodhi of Ace Cleaners Awarded 2020 "Drycleaner of the Year!

Congratulations to Aslam Lodhi of Ace Cleaners in Napa, CA who was recently announced as CCA's 2020 Drycleaner of the year.  CCA presents its "Dry Cleaner of the Year" award to individuals who have shown extraordinary commitment to forwarding both the Association as well as the industry at large.

"Aslam has been a dedicated member of the CCA Board, a Past President, and a leader in the community," observed peter Blake, CCA Executive Director.  "I have been humbled by how much he cares for the industry, CCA Members, and his community.  I could not think of a more qualified recipient."


Jackie Smith of SoCal Cleaners Association (and formerly of Henderson Insurance) Named 2020 "Allied Tradesperson of the Year!

At its recent Boared and Annual Meeting, CCA named Jackie Smith as its 2020 recipient of its "Allied Trades Person of the Year".  The award is given in recognition of an individual who have shown extraordinary commitment to forwarding both the Association and the industry.

"Jackie Smith embodies everything this award stands for," offered Peter Blake, CCA Executive Director, "and I am very glad she won the honor.  She has recently retired from Henderson Insurance, but her commitment to CCA and the Drycleaning & Laundry Industry is as strong as ever.  She plays a critical role in the SoCal Cleaners Association, serves as the co-chair of CCA's Education Committee, and was recently recogniozed as CCA's first ever "Directlr Emeritus" status.  She should be applauded by all for her work helping others to succeed.  I have appreciated all her suppport, and am greatful for all she has done for me."

COVID-19 Resources
COVID-19 Resources

CA Covid-19 Resources

Please note these resources are sent to us by reliable sources, but we are not responsible for the accuracy of the information contained.  We provide these resources as general information, and to help our members navigate the complex landscape of doing business today.


Click Here for a Cares Act Synopsis including new loan details -- from Venable, LLP

Click here for a great explanation of the Paycheck Protection Program

An Update on Insurance Issues from Heffernan Insurance (formerly Henderson Insurance)

Coronavirus Guide for Business & Insurance -- Heffernan Insurance (formerly Henderson)

A Preview of the CARES Act Resources for Workers and Families -- From Cornerstone

FAQ On Families First and DOL Info  -- From Lewitt Hackman

SEAY Management Alert:  Families First Coronavirus Response Act.  Update on Sick Leave, Family and Medical Leave, a summary of employee benefits, tax credits for Employers, Unemployment Benefits.

DLI Facebook Group (Join Here) -- NEFA, SEFA, MAC and CCA started a Facebook Group to provide a forum for members to share questions, concerns, and experiences as we all try to adapt to the new reality in face of the pandemic. Due to the success of the Group -- and the need for every member to get as much information as possible -- we have expanded it to a DLI Facebook Group. This is a MEMBERS ONLY forum.

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Updates to LA County Codes are Coming!

This information and guidance was suppled by Lewitt Hackman.: The City of Los Angeles is about to enact several ordinances that will directly impact you.  One is regarding recall rights for laid off workers and the other is for even more paid sick leave (“Supplemental Paid Sick Leave”). 

VICA is attempting to reach out to City Councilmembers to explain how these two ordinances are harmful to City of L.A. employers, especially during this time when so many businesses are already struggling.  I am cc’ing Stuart Waldman and Armando Flores from VICA.  They will be circulating something about this later today.  Please call or email your city councilperson today to provide your feedback.


Changes to the LA Code for recall of laidoff workers -- From Lewitt Hackman


Changes to the LA Code for Supplemental Paid Sick Leave for Employees affected by COVID-19 -- From Lewitt Hackman


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For more information on any of these services or programs contact Barry Gershenson (916)-239-4070 or email


Meet Your Executive Director

As we approach 2021, a year of unprecedented events, I am enthused to meet the many challenges of our industry that lie ahead with great anticipation.  

As many of you know, I have been involved in the Dry-Cleaning Industry for the past 57 years, as a 44-year business owner in Los Angeles, Past CCA President 1996-1998, an IFI/DLI Board Rep-2007-2008 and a Board Member of SoCal Cleaners Association since 1984.  I am very proud and enthused to be again working with the California Cleaners Association and its members. 

I look forward to sharing with you my industry experience in bringing answers and new ideas to enhance your companies and employees. As well, I will be working with your elected board members to continue to deliver information that meets and exceeds you and your company’s needs.

Please contact me either by phone: (916-239-4070) or email at I will do my best to be available to answer any of your questions or concerns.

Barry Gershenson,
Executive Director, CCA


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